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DOLE could extend total OFW deployment ban to other countries

Overseas Filipino Workers (OFW) from Kuwait gather upon arrival at the Ninoy Aquino International Airport in Pasay city, Metro Manila, Philippines February 21, 2018. Following President Rodrigo Duterte’s call to evacuate workers after a Filipina was found dead stuffed inside a freezer. REUTERS/Romeo Ranoco

Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque revealed that a total ban on the deployment of Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) could possibly be implemented on other countries.

During a press conference in Katipunan, Zamboanga Del Norte, Roque said that the Department of Labor and Employment (DOLE) is looking into implementing a deployment ban in other countries where Filipino workers are being maltreated.

Meanwhile, the Presidential Spokesperson reiterated that the decision of President Rodrigo Duterte to not send OFWs to Kuwait will remain until justice is served for the death of Filipina household worker Joanna Demafelis.

Demafelis was the OFW discovered dead inside a freezer at an abandoned apartment in Kuwait, and was also found with marks of torture and strangulation.

The Kuwaiti police has already arrested the employers of Demafelis while the body of Filipina OFW was laid to raid rest in her home province of Iloilo.


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